EWFC inspectors to meet Italian colleagues

EWFC inspectors and Italian food inspectors have agreed to meet in December, during the MIG or "Mostra Internazionale del Gelato Artigianale di Longarone". Both sides are eager to meet and see if there is a common interest to keep up contacts or even possibilities to join the EWFC.

MIG or "Mostra Internazionale del Gelato Artigianale di Longarone" is the oldest trade show in Europe exclusively dedicated to the artisanal gelato: along the years the value of the tradition mixed with innovation led this event to a privileged position worldwide. The next 58th MIG, scheduled in Longarone (Italy) in the Dolomiti alps, from Sunday, 3rd to Wednesday, 6th December 2017 will be focused on artisan gelato made with local products.

17-11-2017 06:Nov:th

EWFC visit French regional food specialist

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27-10-2017 16:Oct:th

Contaminated egg scandal rumbles on

At the height of the egg crisis, 281 factory egg farms in the Netherlands were closed down. The farms have been stopped from selling eggs and chicken meat because their products contain too much of the banned pesticide fipronil to be sold for human consumption. A spokesman for the European Commission told a sitting of the European parliament’s agriculture committee that contaminated eggs have been found in 22 countries within and outside the EU. Several countries outside the EU have received large quantities of the eggs and eggproducts that contain contaminated eggs.

Ukraine and Oman have imposed an import ban on eggs from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Meanwhile, it now transpires that the use of fipronil as a chicken de-lousing agent is more widespread than thought. In Italy a consignment of eggs from Romania has been found to have 1.2 milligrams of fipronil per kilo, the highest concentration yet found. The legal limit is 0.72 milligrams.

The Dutch contamination originated at a small company called Chickfriend. Its owners were arrested and are facing prosecution. According to a spokesperson, Chickfriend’s Belgian supplier bought the oils used as a delouser from a Romanian firm. It appears that Romania might be the source of the contaminant. The EU’s rapid alert system RASFF has also recorded reports of fipronil-contaminated eggs which were produced in Italy, Hungary, Poland and Germany as well as Romania.
EU countries are now working on recalling millions of products that were produced with contaminated eggs and egg derived profducts, that are widely used in other foods like pastry, sauces and eggbased meals and used and sold all over the world in catering and food industries.

22-09-2017 01:Sep:nd

Food safety could soon have an annual dedicated day

CodexThe 40th session of an FAO Conference adopted a draft resolution last month with a view to having the General Assembly of the United Nations consider, at is next session in September to declare 7 June as World Food Safety Day. “World Food Safety Day will raise awareness of the global threat posed by foodborne diseases and reinforce the need for governments, the food industry and individuals to do more to make food safe and prevent these diseases,” said Ren Wang, director FAO department of agriculture and consumer protection.

The Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission made the proposal to create such a day on a permanent basis at its 39th Session in Rome in 2016. Food safety was the theme of World Health Day in April 2015.

Awilo Ochieng Pernet, chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, said it would enhance consumer health protection and lead to a reduction in foodborne diseases. "The World Food Safety Day will contribute to raising awareness about the importance of food safety among all relevant stakeholders including the public and private sectors and all actors in the food chain, from primary producers to consumers.”

04-08-2017 16:Aug:th

Belgian-Dutch Fipronil eggs scandal expands

eiThe Dutch food and product safety board has locked down more than 20 egg farms, because they are suspected of using an illegal insecticide called Fipronil to control red mite.

Latest estimates from the government agency are that 200 farms are involved, but in what scope is not yet known. Earlier, after the first alarms went off in Belgium, 4 Dutch farms tested positive for residues in eggs above the maximum residue limit of 0,005 mg/kg. Although there is no immediate danger to public health, farms that produce eggs above the threshold cannot go on the market. Some experts expect that traces of the insecticide can stay in the abdominal fat of the layers for up to 8 month, rendering them worthless.

Cause of the contamination

As the scandal unfolds, more and more details are surfacing on the cause of the contamination. Most of the farms had their houses and/or birds treated by a Dutch firm called Chickfriend. This company bought a product from a Belgian company. The owner of a pest control company in the Belgian Ravels-Weelde is suspected of having added Fipronil to an authorised drug for red mite control and then resold this mixture. The company would have added Fipronil to the product Dega-16. Dega-16 is a natural product consisting of menthol and eucalyptus, which is used to control red mite in laying hens and is –by itself- safe, even for human consumption.

02-08-2017 05:Aug:nd

EU meat crime revealed to be on a ‘wide scale’

A sixteen-month investigation into food fraud in Europe has revealed a tapestry of criminal activity across the meat industry including substitution, the use of undeclared mechanically separated meat, inadequate and incorrect labelling and deception around meat quantities.

The frauds came to light after seven EU consumer groups carried out tests on meats sold in their countries between April 2014 and August 2015. A report published by the European consumer organisation BEUC reveals that consumers are continuing to be duped when buying meat products despite lessons learnt from the horsemeat scandal. Research carried out in the UK by the consumer group Which? a year after the horsemeat scandal found 40 per cent of lamb takeaways had been contaminated with other meats with some containing no lamb at all. Out of 60 takeaway lamb curries and minced kebabs bought from restaurants in Birmingham and London 24 had been mixed with other meats, seven contained no lamb at all and five contained unidentifiable meat that had been over cooked or re-cooked.

03-04-2017 06:Apr:rd